Hire movers and start packing now!
We’re at the point where it’s safe to hire movers and start packing. Call now to get moving estimates and secure a mover as they often get booked up weeks in advance, especially in the spring and summer.
Remember you have to be out of your house by the time closing begins and we won’t know until a few days before closing what time it is scheduled for that day. Therefore, my recommendation is to move most of your furniture and belongings the day before closing to be safe. If you can’t do that, then have your movers come very early the day of closing so you can be out by the time closing occurs.
I have several recommended movers on the Real Estate Resources page of SoldonShawnee.com.
Whichever mover you end up using, we highly recommend asking them to bring wardrobe boxes with them for your hanging clothes. That way you don’t have to take everything off the hangers to pack them. Instead, the movers will simply grab all hanging clothes in your closets and put them on the rods in the boxes. And then when you get to your new home, you can just grab the hangers and hang the items back up in your closet. It saves a ton of time.
Start gathering boxes and packing supplies. Often you can find free boxes on Facebook, Craigslist, and often liquor stores. Otherwise, places like U-Haul, Uline, and usedcardboardboxes.com are all great places to get moving supplies online. If you want to be more green/earth friendly with your move, ask your friends on Facebook or post requests in some of the local garage sale-type groups on Facebook.
Take this opportunity to pare down your belongings and lighten your load! Go through clothes that haven’t been worn in the past year and donate them to local charities like Family Promise, Project Safe, or even Goodwill. Do the same with toys, books and tchotchkes that fill your home and don’t “give you joy!” The things you get rid of will be less the movers have to pack and move—and ultimately cost you less to move! They charge by the pound, you know?
Moving can be incredibly stressful on pets, so consider having them stay with a friend or relative for a few days while you move and get settled into your new place.
Items to Leave
Usually anything attached to the walls such as shelving, curtain rods, curtains and curtain rods stay with the property. Below is a list of what’s considered “fixtures” in the property and therefore staying unless otherwise excluded in the contract:
Everything else needs to go with you. If you aren’t sure, ask me, because taking the wrong items can cause problems at the buyer’s final walkthrough inspection and possibly hold up closing.
Check out this blog post with 13 tips to make your garage sale a success!
Questions? Call me at (405) 585-6580 or email Steve@Soldonshawnee.com.